Democracy and “Democracy”

 

An extract from the August, 2005 StudiObrien Newsletter

The veneer of democratic process has grown so thin as to become a form of sinister theater, as if we were acting out time-honored scripts from Greek tragedies that each generation of actors memorizes and mouths but fails to understand. As Aristotle predicted inPolitics (his classic work on government), democracies degenerate into oligarchies, and oligarchies into tyrannies. In my country we are now experiencing incremental stages of this process—”democracy” manipulated to undermine democracy. The “same-sex marriage” law and its companion piece, the new “hate crime” law, are only the latest components in a much larger and ongoing project, which is the total re-engineering of society. When the moral foundation of a nation crumbles, anything then becomes possible.

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